KuopioHealth – Open Innovation Ecosystem

KuopioHealth – Open Innovation Ecosystem

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KuopioHealth is a network of healthcare professionals committed to advancing health technology expertise, research, business life and awareness of the area. Kuopio Health promotes development, research and innovation based on customer needs and serves as a platform for new products and services.

KuopioHealth is an open innovation platform enabling co-creation and transfer of knowledge and technologies for the benefit of society. We offer excellent health technology competence, training, infrastructure and a business network for domestic and international health technology companies and innovators. Strong international R&D and business areas in the life sciences sector in the Kuopio region are: Health technologies, Diagnostics, Pharmaceutical development, Bioinformatics, Treatment effectiveness, Wellness services and Clinical nutrition with emerging, ground-breaking “disruptive” technologies.

Kuopio University Hospital Living Lab

Kuopio University Hospital (KUH) is one of the five university hospitals in Finland. KUH provides specialised medical care in an area of 248,000 inhabitants and is responsible for the advanced specialised medical care of nearly a million people in Eastern and Central Finland.

From 2016, the KUH Living Lab project has provided an authentic testing and research environment for companies in the most appropriate departments and outpatient clinics in the University Hospital. The companies involved range from small startups to large corporations. Our services include product and IT innovation and testing, help with documentation for regulatory processes, research collaboration and clinical trials.

Kuopio Living Lab

Kuopio is one of Finland’s leading cities in the fields of health, wellness and safety. The City of Kuopio’s strategy emphasises preventive and promotive health services. Kuopio has been an active member of the WHO Healthy Cities Network since 2005.

The City of Kuopio has Living Lab services that companies developing future healthcare solutions can use to test and improve their products and services in an authentic healthcare environment. The Living Lab environment is for primary health care services and is specialised in geriatric and home care. Through Living Lab, companies receive information about the usability of their solutions, while healthcare providers get information about the benefits of the latest solutions and their cost-effectiveness.

Kuopio Living Lab is a reference site for the European Innovation Partnership on Active Healthy Ageing.

Savonia University of Applied Science - Health Lab

Savonia University of Applied Sciences has two main tasks: education & training and R&D and innovation (RDI). Savonia has a focus area of applied health technology. We are responding to the need for reform of the social and healthcare sector and increased efficiency and quality of social and healthcare services. This will be achieved through the promotion of the development and commercialisation of technological applications, improving professionals’ skills for e-services, and applied research into the digitalisation of social and healthcare services.

Savonia has expertise in applying health technologies, gamification, computational intelligence, ICT solutions and Big Data to develop new information services, and in evaluating health and wellness technologies designed to improve quality of life. Kuopio Health Lab provides patient/customer group-specific usability testing and evaluation of new service or product ideas as well as service design combining digital and traditional healthcare services.

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